Superb Storytelling of the Rising of 1745 and a Love That Would Not be Denied
It begins in 1735 when Serena MacGregor’s home in the Highlands is invadeSuperb Storytelling of the Rising of 1745 and a Love That Would Not be Denied
It begins in 1735 when Serena MacGregor’s home in the Highlands is invaded by British dragoons and her mother is raped by their leader who wants to shame a Highland’s chief’s wife. And that night hatred for the English was born in Serena. Ten years later, in 1745, her brother Coll brings home his friend, Brigham Langston, whose mother might have been a MacDonald but he is English.
Serena means to hate Brigham but ends up falling in love. Brigham wants the fiery tempered lass and means to have her. But there is a matter of the Jacobite Rising of 1745 that will interfere.
It’s a time of rebellion in the Highlands as the Scots, sick of English oppression, long for their Bonnie Prince Charlie, their “king across the waters” to return and reclaim his throne. The Germans may reign in England but the Scots want their true king restored.
When I read about the Battle of Culloden that took place in 1746 and see the images that represent that fateful day, I am always deeply saddened. Not just for the battle that was lost or the thousands of Scots slain, but for the cruelty of England inflicted thereafter on a generation of Highlanders. The English destroyed a way of life.
Roberts brings this time in Scotland’s history to life with superb storytelling, wonderful characters and brilliant dialog. Rich in historical detail and passion-filled love. This is a keeper. I fell in love with Brigham whose heart beat to the Highlands though he was an English lord. And I cheered on Serena as she finally decided to claim the man her own heart could not deny.
First published in 1988, this is the story of the historical roots for Roberts’ contemporary MacGregor series. I am so sorry she gave us only two historical romance novels before moving on to other genres as her historicals are very, very good. ...more
Fanciful but Delightful Tale from the Scottish Borderlands
Set in 1713 in the Scottish borderlands, this is the story of Lady Miriam MacDonald, diplomaFanciful but Delightful Tale from the Scottish Borderlands
Set in 1713 in the Scottish borderlands, this is the story of Lady Miriam MacDonald, diplomat for Queen Anne who is being punished by the queen and sent to the Scottish borderlands to negotiate a peace between Duncan Kerr, the Earl of Kildalton and Baron Sinclair, who have had a running feud for years involving more than stolen cattle.
By day, Duncan dons the disguise of a bumbling nobleman with a wig and spectacles, hoping to fool Miriam about his night raids. By night, Duncan is the infamous “Border Lord” who raids the baron’s English lands to reclaim what is his.
Miriam befriends the earl and falls prey to the seduction of the Border Lord, never knowing they are the same man. She is determined to negotiate a peace but she doesn’t know the truth of the feud. And she doesn’t know the Border Lord is falling in love with her.
It’s a fanciful but clever story that, at times, reads more like a Regency with its witty banter and female diplomat, but it is also well-written and very entertaining. Lamb has created a wonderful cast of characters, including Duncan’s son who changes his first name each day and takes on the personality of the person whose name he bears.
This unlikely but delightful tale will hold your interest. It’s the first in the Border series:
Border Lord Border Bride Chieftain Maiden of Inverness ...more
Good Story with sufficient history to hold my interest
Set somewhere in the Highlands in 1291, this is the story of Rhoslyn, a widowed countess, ordereGood Story with sufficient history to hold my interest
Set somewhere in the Highlands in 1291, this is the story of Rhoslyn, a widowed countess, ordered by King Edward to marry Sir Talbot St. Claire (for her lands) and by her grandfather to marry Jacobus Auenel, Lord Melrose (to protect said lands). One was English and one was a Scot. Rhoslyn doesn’t wish to marry either of them.
Rhoslyn’s grandfather collects her from the convent where she was staying mourning her dead husband to be delivered to Lord Melrose, but for some undisclosed reason the abbess colludes with Sir Talbot, enabling him to capture Rhoslyn on the road.
This is a well-written story and while I loved the history and the historical figures (King Edward tries to dominate Scotland and the Scots resist), there were a lot of characters, some better described than others. (I could have benefited from a score sheet.)
There is much sparring between Rhoslyn and Talbot and the dialog quite good. The chase scene at the beginning was very exciting. I especially liked the part where the heroine stabbed the arrogant Sir Talbot, who by the way never seemed to do anything wrong, lose any battle or be defeated in any contest. But he was a great lover, so I guess we can excuse his being good at everything.
I would have liked to see more detailed descriptions of the characters. Some were just names and I had no idea what they looked like. And two things seemed a bit abrupt: Rhoslyn’s sudden love for Talbot; and the ending (I had to re-read the last page to be sure it was over since it ended with many questions). ...more
A Worthy Tale of Love in the Scottish Borderlands in the 17th century
Another fascinating, well-told story from the writing team of Patricia McAllisterA Worthy Tale of Love in the Scottish Borderlands in the 17th century
Another fascinating, well-told story from the writing team of Patricia McAllister and Fela Dawson Scott, otherwise known as “Brit Darby.” It’s got everything I like in a romance: historical detail, exciting scenes well described and a worthy hero and heroine.
Set in the Scottish Marches (that area between Scotland and England that experienced cattle reiving and cross-border raids, it begins in 1604 as young Davena is being married to her childhood sweetheart, Adair Eliott. Hand-fasted a year earlier, they were finally sealing their vows. As they are celebrating, a band of brigands sweeps in to kill many, including Adair.
Eight years later, Davena (now “Davy”) is the mother of a 7-year-old daughter Fiomuala and she and Adair’s brothers have turned outlaw, preying on the rich English lords and living for revenge. Oh yes, and Adair, now a ghost, is ever with Davy keeping her out of trouble.
Major Tevish McBride, the fencing master of Prince Henry Stuart, is sent north to capture the outlaw Davy Eliott, never knowing the outlaw he seeks is a woman. Never anticipating he will be so attracted to her. Tev has mixed feelings about going to the border as it was the place of his birth—the place he’d fled as a boy. Unbeknownst to his comrades in arms, Tev is the second son of Sir Simon Fenwick, a man Tev hates as he does his half brother, Barclay, Baron Blackmuir.
This is a story with many twists and turns and a plot that will keep you turning pages. Darby brings to life the borderlands and the negative feelings the Scots had for the British. Some real historic figures make cameo appearances, including King James himself.
Set in Ross Shire in the Highlands of Scotland in 1508, this is the story of Maidie Cameron Munro, widow and healer, whoInspirational Highland Romance
Set in Ross Shire in the Highlands of Scotland in 1508, this is the story of Maidie Cameron Munro, widow and healer, who is called upon to tend the wounds of Laird Andrew Munro, the Black Falcon of Ferindonald.
Maidie and Andrew are caught in the middle of clan warfare that has her father at war with Andrew who she is coming to love. Along the way, Andrew ends up in a dungeon where he finds his faith.
I like the way Taylor writes. Very visual, very clear, and authentic to the era. Her descriptions make me I feel like I’m in the room with Maidie. She obviously did much research into the Munro clan for the book, too. I loved the developing romance between Maidie and Andrew and the fact that others wanted her, too. I did think Andrew’s conversion a bit sudden and then shortly after he kills a guard that he might have just hit over the head. There’s lots of action to keep you turning pages.
If you like sweet Highland romance with sexual tension (but no love scenes) and action, and some inspiration, you will find it in this one.
A Highland Pearl is the first in a series called Highland Treasures so watch for more to come! ...more
Set in 1618 somewhere in the Highlands of Scotland, this is the story of Gwyneth Carswell, an English woman senHatfields & McCoys in the Highlands
Set in 1618 somewhere in the Highlands of Scotland, this is the story of Gwyneth Carswell, an English woman sent to live with a distant cousin (Laird MacIrwin) in the Highlands for the shame she brought to her family. There she has raised her son, who is now five. Married to a man not of her choosing and then widowed, she is surrounded by clan violence. When a clash of the MacIrwins and their enemies, the MacGraths, leave the MacGrath laird wounded, she takes him in at great risk saving his life. Her cousin, the MacIrwin, finds out she has aided the enemy and, even though he knows she is a healer, he seeks to kill her. So, she flees to the MacGraths.
Alasdair, laird of the MacGraths wants only peace and an end to the 200-year-old. For good reason, he does not trust the MacIrwins and now, as a matter of honor, he must shelter the woman who has saved his life.
This is s story of lovers caught between warring clans and a bit of a mystery about Gwyneth’s son, Rory. Alasdair is a worthy hero who wants the best for his people. In the end, Gwyneth must overcome her disdain for the violence of life in the Highlands if she is to have a future there. There are many love scenes as Gwyneth and Alaisdair give in to their strong attraction. The first half is slower than the last but there’s an exciting finish. ...more
Set in Tongue in the far north of Scotland in 1429, this is the story of Nessia Stephenson who, by her father’s arrangemenWhen You Love the Wrong Man…
Set in Tongue in the far north of Scotland in 1429, this is the story of Nessia Stephenson who, by her father’s arrangement, was to marry William MacKay, the younger brother of Fergus, the MacKay laird. William was a deerhound, Fergus a hawk. One was a “good man,” one was a warrior and a hardened widower. The marriage was needed, said Nessia’s father, to protect her against the Sutherland clan, the enemies of the MacKays. But something went awry…and the first time Fergus met her, it was instant lust.
Nessia marries William yet she continues to yearn for Fergus. Thankfully for both Nessia and Fergus, he is in hiding with his men because of the Sutherland’s pillaging around the countryside under the MacKay banner. A year later, William, sent on a mission for his brother to spy on the Sutherlands, is captured. You can imagine what takes place next…
It’s well written with many twists and turns. Misunderstandings and treachery abound. Fergus’ sister Freya makes some dumb moves that make the feud worse. (She could sleep with a Sutherland but not live with one apparently). And Nessia’s feelings for her brother-in-law do not abate. There are some vigorous battles and know that there is torture in this story as the Sutherland laird is a twisted man.
This is the second in Robbins’ Highland Chiefs series:
Bound to the Highlander Promised to the Highlander Enemy of the Highlander Prisoner of the Highlander ...more
4 and 1/2 Stars! Classic Tale of Love in the Highlands After the Battle of Culloden
Set in 1751, this is a post-Culloden tale from the Highlands, the s4 and 1/2 Stars! Classic Tale of Love in the Highlands After the Battle of Culloden
Set in 1751, this is a post-Culloden tale from the Highlands, the story of Ranald Kincairn, Laird of Clan Cameron whose brothers were killed by the English and whose sister they raped. He wants revenge. His plan is to abduct the virgin bride of the new English “Lord Lieutenant of the Western Highlands”—the man who raped his sister—and plant within her a Highlander babe, then send her back. The bride is Enya, a Lowland Scot from Ayrshire whose family, the Aftons, sided with the English.
Though Ranald tells Enya he intends to ruin her, it seems it’s just talk as he puts her to work in the clan castle as a scullery maid, but doesn’t lay a hand on her. As time passes, he is a bit inconsistent toward her. First he tells her he won’t touch her, but threatens to give her to his men; then he tells her no one will take her against her will; finally, he beds her himself. Ranald is a worthy leader of his clan and respected by all. Of course, Enya falls for him.
There are two other romances tied to Ranald and Enya’s—Enya’s mother and the man she has loved since she was 15, and Ranald’s sister and Duncan, a Lowland Scot who came with Enya.
There’s an exciting scene at the end when the villain shows up to reclaim his bride.
Bonds brings to life the Highlands and the struggle to survive after the terrible devastation the English brought about after Culloden as the Highlanders are hunted and the English are determined to wipe out the clans.
And, should you be curious, yes, there is a tie in with the author and the name “Afton” which the author explains in a note before the story. ...more
What a wonderful romance! It’s superbly written and kept me up reading way too late. It’s the captivating storSuspenseful, Stunning Regency—a Classic!
What a wonderful romance! It’s superbly written and kept me up reading way too late. It’s the captivating story of a rich American in Regency London and a waif of a young woman who lost her place in the aristocracy due to one man’s evil. (The villains in this story—and there are more than one, although one is more evil than the others—are some of the best I’ve encountered.)
It begins in 1796 when Hester Devlin, Dowager Countess of St. Audries is dying just after the birth of her daughter, Morgana. Months before, Hester’s husband was murdered—unbeknownst to her, by his brother who wanted his title and his wealth. Overhearing the man’s perfidy instructing another to “get rid of” Hester’s baby, she leaves clues in a Bible and prays her child survives. Morgana does. By 1815, 19-year-old “Pip” is living on the streets of St. Giles as a boy with two young men she thinks are her brothers.
Royce Manchester is a handsome American with lands in Louisiana and England, a connection to the nobility and enough money to buy anything he wants. One day, while out with his friends, a street urchin (Pip) tries to pick Royce’s pocket. Royce plucks the boy from the streets and decides to give him a better life. When he discovers the boy is actually a woman named Morgana, he makes her a maid in his London household—for her safety. But she is hardly safe from him, as he wants her for his mistress. (Of course, he would never marry a petty thief.) And then he recognizes her striking gray eyes…the St. Audries eyes! He assumes she must be the bastard child of the earl, his enemy. Ah, the plot thickens.
400 pages of delightful reading from a NY Times bestselling classic author… action, mystery and many twists and turns. I recommend it!
Note: This book is related to and follows MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE but either can be read as a stand alone. ...more